Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education is about adventure, knowledge, skill training, excitement, perseverance, commitment, self-satisfaction, awareness, trepidation and of course fun.

It has much to do with freedom ………and responsibility.

Specific themes are explored in each year level. However, Outdoor Education is multi-disciplinary, containing elements of History, Geography, Science, Mathematics, English, Art and Personal Development intertwined in a maze of emotions and experiences.

Students in the Middle School will continue with the excellent Outdoor Education program which is a part of The Cathedral School curriculum from Year 2 to Year 10.

Danish educator Hahn came up with the 10 Expeditionary Learning Skills in the first half of the 20th century. ‘Primacy of Self Discovery’ relates closely to the Outdoor Education program.

Primacy of self-discovery

Learning happens best with emotion, challenge and the requisite support.  People discover their abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities in situations that offer adventure and the unexpected. In expeditionary learning schools, students undertake tasks that require perseverance, fitness, craftsmanship, imagination, self-discipline, and significant achievement.  A teacher's primary task is to help students overcome their fears and discover they can do more than they think they can.

Year 7

Students visit Echo Creek Adventure Centre. This is located near Tully with access to World Heritage listed tropical rain forest and rivers. Here they embark on an action-packed program that includes backpacking, mountain biking, orienteering, swimming, rock climbing, abseiling and archery.  The students will move in and around Echo Creek along cultural and wilderness walks and stay overnight in bivouac shelters on a variety of camp sites. (5 days)

Year 8

This is an adventure packed trip operating in and around Paluma Dam near Mt Spec. It combines orienteering, kayaking and hiking as well as rainforest discovery walks.  Students learn about the significance of the area by back packing along the historic Benham’s Track.  They participate in a challenging overnight kayaking expedition on Lake Paluma and at the same time discover an Indigenous Dreamtime Story hidden along the edges of the lake.   This camp challenges participants in a number of areas as they learn about the traditional custodians of the land, the tin miners, timber getters and others who lived and worked in the Paluma Range. (5 days)

Year 9

The Year 9 course operates in the Hidden Valley/Puzzle Creek area. Students plan a three day expedition through some of Queensland’s most spectacular gorge country.  We have special permission from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy Foundation to operate this trip on an area of special environmental significance (Mt Zero). Other key components of this outback journey are guaranteed to test the skills of all participants and they include mountain biking, swimming, orienteering, rock climbing, abseiling and survival. All participants are taught key elements of wilderness survival. They construct bush shelters and use a self-managed team roster to keep an all-night safety/fire watch. Instruction is given on food rationing, ‘bush tucker’ and the construction of improvised rafts to transport their packs safely (and dryly) across a deep body of water. This is our most challenging outdoor experience! (9 days)

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is available for interested students participating from Year 8 upwards. This program also allows Year 11 and 12 students to continue their Outdoor Education as they complete their Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.